BUFFALO, NY – Third-year women's soccer head coach Shawn Burke announced the signing of 9-year old Sarah Reid to a National Letter of Intent on Thursday afternoon. Reid was paired up with the UB women's soccer program through a program called Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization that helps children forget about their illness and become part of something bigger, a team of friends.
Reid, a 9-year old from Clearance, NY, was diagnosed at birth with Spina Bifida, and had her first surgery at just two days old. She was in the neo-natal unit for 70 days after birth and is paralyzed from the waist down but can use leg braces and crutches to move around.
Sarah just turned 9 years old and is going into 4th grade at Ledgeview Elementary. She lives in Clarence, NY with her parents, Lori and Matthew, and her 11-year old brother William. According to Sarah, her favorite color is pink-in all shades and her favorite athlete is Simone Biles. She loves Selena Gomez- but this changes on a daily basis because she loves music. She enjoys swimming, ice skating, playing tennis and loves being a Girl Scout. Sarah likes to paint her nails, do arts and crafts and enjoys playing games like Uno and Life. Her favorite food is cheese ravioli, she loves the show Liv and Maddie and her favorite sports team is the Buffalo Sabres.
Sarah is super excited to become a part of the UB women's soccer team and with all that she has been through and continues to fight through, she will be a huge inspiration to her new teammates.
ABOUT TEAM IMPACT
Team IMPACT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Team IMPACT children are drafted on to college athletic teams, local to where they live and, in effect, become official members of the team from Draft Day through to Graduation. At Team IMPACT, they envision a future where the lives of children facing the hardships associated with adverse issues and events will have access to collegiate team-based support in order to significantly enhance their quality of life in a number of ways, including; socially, psychologically, physically and academically. Team IMPACT also strives to provide collegiate teams with increased levels of awareness, sympathy and support for the medial and disease communities. Established in 2011, Team IMPACT has already matched over 950 children with collegiate teams, at over 450 institutions in 45 states, improving the quality of life of hundreds of courageous children and touching the lives of over 25,000 student athletes. For more information, please visit: www.goteamimpact.org.